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Grand Rapids, located just east of Lake Michigan, is a vibrant city rich with culture and natural beauty. With plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation and a variety of museums and galleries, Grand Rapids is the perfect destination for the whole family.
The city straddles the beautiful Grand River and is therefore known as the “River City.” Rent a bicycle and ride along the riverbank or play a round of golf at one of the courses nearby. Drive to Lake Michigan and go swimming, climb dunes or play beach volleyball.
During winter, visit Cannonsburg Ski Area for snowboarding and cross-country skiing or try outdoor ice skating at Richmond Park. Grand Rapids Park and Kent County Park offer miles of trails for skiing and snowshoeing. In summer, these areas are perfect for biking and hiking.
Visit the world-renowned Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. The park aims to blend man-made art with nature. Stroll through the tropical conservatory and marvel at Nina Akamu's massive sculpture, The American Horse.
Step back in time at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Explore American culture during the 1970s and discover interactive exhibits such as the mock Oval Office and Cabinet Room.
The Grand Rapids Art Museum is home to more than 5,000 artworks. Browse the Renaissance section or marvel at modern masterpieces, such as Richard Diebenkorn’s Ingleside. The museum dates back to 1910; a 2007 redesign has elevated the building to a city icon.
Be sure to visit the Grand Rapids Public Museum, one of the oldest museums in the United States. Learn about the area's native peoples at the Anishinabek: The People of This Place exhibition. Gaze at the stars in the planetarium and ride the vintage carousel outside.
Reach Grand Rapids by flying into the International Airport, which is a 20-minute drive from downtown, or catch the daily Amtrak service from Chicago to Grand Rapids. Whether you are seeking cultural enrichment or outdoor fun, Grand Rapids has much to offer.
Accommodation in Grand Rapids
Finding a convenient lodging is a vital ingredient of any family trip. Expedia lists the best of the hotels in Grand Rapids.
If you feel like splashing out for a special occasion, check out the guest services at the JW Marriott Hotel Grand Rapids, at 235 Louis Campau Promenade Nw, and the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Grand Rapids, at 11 Monroe Ave Nw. The Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton and the Staybridge Suites Grand Rapids-Kentwood may also be booked. The address of the Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton is 187 Monroe Ave Nw, while the Staybridge Suites Grand Rapids-Kentwood is at 3000 Lake Eastbrook Blvd Se.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Patterson Ice Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Woodland Mall and Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve. Calvin College is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away.
This family-friendly Grand Rapids hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of DeVos Performance Hall and Public Museum of Grand Rapids. Gerald R. Ford Museum and Grand Rapids Art Museum are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Grand Rapids, this motel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Patterson Ice Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Woodland Mall and Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve. Calvin College is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.
Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Gerald R. Ford Museum and Public Museum of Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids Art Museum and Grand Rapids Children's Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Patterson Ice Center and within 6 mi (10 km) of Woodland Mall and Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve. Forest Hills Fine Arts Center and Calvin College are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Patterson Ice Center and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Woodland Mall. Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in Heartside, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Grand Rapids Children's Museum, and Grand Rapids Art Museum. Public Museum of Grand Rapids and Gerald R. Ford Museum are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Grand Rapids, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Voigt House Victorian Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, and Grand Rapids Children's Museum. Public Museum of Grand Rapids and Gerald R. Ford Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).